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How To Beat Imposter Syndrome!

Imposter syndrome fascinates me because it affects everyone, regardless of their level of accomplishments. Notable figures like Neil Armstrong, Neil Gaiman, and Albert Einstein have all admitted to moments of feeling inferior and experiencing what we now call imposter syndrome.

This concept seems rather silly, a creation of society. The entire idea of imposter syndrome is rooted in the false belief that you are not enough or that something is wrong with you.

However, this couldn't be further from the truth. You wouldn't find yourself in your current situation or position, entering this new phase of life, if you weren't deserving of it.

Consider this analogy:

Imagine a child has completed second grade and is on the verge of entering third grade. Despite his limited knowledge about third grade, it doesn't imply he is unworthy. Although he might be tempted to compare himself unfavorably and feel inadequate, such thoughts are unfounded. He merely lacks awareness of what lies ahead; as he navigates through third grade, he gradually learns and develops, gaining a deeper understanding of what it means to be in that grade.

Approach every new role or opportunity with a similar perspective. You may not know everything, but what matters is that you are here now, ready to learn and progress.

To combat imposter syndrome, consider using the following tools at your disposal:

Stop ... Doing This

Start ... Doing This

  • Stop discounting/deflecting praises and compliments

  • Start believing the praise you receive

  • Thinking it was luck - discounting yourself and your efforts

  • Start appreciating you and all the efforts you have made

  • Spending a lot of time/energy thinking about what didn't go well

  • Focus more on what went right and reaffirm that this is why you are here.

  • Not celebrating success

  • Celebrate your wins because you deserve it. PERIOD.

  • Negatively comparing yourself to others

  • Understand that what makes you different from others is why you got to this point. Appreciate why you are deserving

Just remember, imposter syndrome is a stupid notion designed to mislead those who are destined to be here and make a difference. Imposter system is made to believe you are doing something wrong or inferior – and that couldn’t be further from the truth.

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